Meditation and Physical Therapy

A search term on my blog the other day was “meditation and stroke recovery.”  So I searched this term myself on both Google and the Yahoo search engine and my blog came up on the second page of the Google search results and on the first page of the Yahoo search results.  That’s pretty cool.  Yay for me.  The results of that search led to me to a bunch of other sites.  A few of those sites were research articles about meditation.  One in particular kind of made me cringe.  Here it is.  Below is a copy and pasted line from that research article which is from an international, online, peer-reviewed medical journal.  ‘Peer-reviewed’ is considered the best kind of evidence according to the powers that be.

“The study concluded that meditation along with conventional physiotherapy management is more effective than conventional physiotherapy alone in the management of stroke.  Thus, in post stroke rehabilitation, meditation should be incorporated in the management regime of stroke patients.”

There are lots of other research articles similar to this one.  This is the first one I have seen though that specifically talks about rehab and meditation together. The fact that meditation is not recommended by neurologists makes me angry and upset.  If I hadn’t found through MY research a bunch of stuff about meditation it never would have been recommended to me.  By anyone.  That’s sick.  That’s just sick.  It’s not right.  The fact that meditation is not required for treating brain injuries is just – it’s not just ignorance now, it’s flat-out negligence in my opinion.  Anyone that I ever have as a patient in the future, guess what will be STRONGLY recommended.



Categories: Brain stuff, Health, Recovery, Rehab, Stroke stuff

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28 replies

  1. There are so many things that should be done for rehabilitation but there is no central place we can go to get stuff updated with the newest therapies. The ASA and NSA are worthless although I have yet to try to contact Matt Lopez directly. He might be amenable since he is a survivor and not a part of the failed medical system.

  2. Amy, you are so right! Meditation should be taught to every stroke survivor. When I was in rehab, I listened to guided meditations every day. Mainly at night because it was the only time I was in my room.

    I often thought that in the evenings when everyone was in bed, guided meditations should have been broadcast through speakers to all patient rooms. Imagine how much everyone would improve, both physically and emotionally!

    • Yes, that would be awesome. And they should employ meditation teachers in hospitals and make a daily appointment for it just like I had a daily appointment of physical, occupational, and speech therapy.

      • I couldn’t agree more! They would only need one teacher. Meditation can be taught in a group setting to all stroke patients at once. All they need is a non-optional daily group therapy.

        Doctors are so quick to pass out drugs they really know nothing about which create a multitude of new issues for us to combat. Yet they refuse to offer non-invasive, side effect free options and solutions.

        Isn’t it ironic that there is only a one-letter difference between medication and meditation?

  3. what specifically does meditation help with? does it help paresis of a hand?

  4. Meditation keeps coming up in my research and I’ve started often, but I just get SO bored and more frustrated. I was really excited when I found a clip on You Tube in which sara Lazar explained how meditation changes your brain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8rRzTtP7Tc . I’ve started with heart coherence training a few weeks ago. You have a device which monitors your heart beat and the space in between each beat. You can influence it with your breath. The therapist recommended me doing this 3 times 10 minutes a day, but I’m always procrastinating when it’s time to start my practice, because it’s so boring. I still hope to find something relaxing to do which I really enjoy. But right now I’m just too depressed to even enjoy listening to music.

  5. I had my stroke in April of last year, THIS is the FIRST I have heard of Meditation in relation to any therapy for my recovery. I don’t know where to start with the meditation where to go. I had physical, occupational and speech therapy. I have a new Neuro that I see next month maybe he might have a more involved treatment that my last neuro,

    I do not feel like I have had anyone in my corner pushing for treatment, I don’t know what I need, what I am supposed to do. I have always been the one to take care of my husband when he got sick. I wish my brain worked better and I wish I had help or knew where to go.

  6. New here … 6 months since my stroke, and so thankful I found you.❤
    6 months ago I had my stroke and my personal physician and my Neuro also believe had “mini” ones for quite some time. Constant fatigue (unusual for me). I had trouble with memory which totally affected my 25+ years in Individual and Corporate tax prep. I couldn’t risk any errors (obvious reasons..ha), so went on personal leave. Did the sleep study, and prescribed a cpap. I did actually need it and still diligently use it. But the fatigue and memory didn’t improve.

    Oh, meditation is the topic…sorry

    I’ve used meditation and self-hypnosis for pain control for about 30 years… I also have used it for the shutting down the “conversations ” in my head when trying to fall asleep.

    IT WORKS !!
    I hope others try it too. And best wishes for all us!

  7. I was an occasional meditator (two or three times a week) before I had a cerebellar stroke (lost about 1/4 of the left) in March. Four days after the event and while still in the neurology ward I asked my wife to download a stroke specific meditation series by The Monroe Institute I remembered seeing the month before. I use it daily, as well as two hours of Mozart on headphones (mostly the violin sonatas, Hillary Hahn is a favourite) and two 25 minute sessions a day on a Photobiomodulation 600nm light that I bought from England. Also I spend about a half hour every day on a balance board (actually a surfboard in the living room on a piece of foam). I have no comparison to a recovery without these treatments of course, but over the course of four months I have progressed from a walker in my first two weeks to going surfing last weekend. Nothing big, just small knee high waves on a local break, but I’m now feeling like I can actually get my life back. Most of these ideas came from the Brains Way of Healing book by Doidge.
    I too was a little shocked at the complete lack of imagination when it came to recovery ideas provided by the neurology ward doctors and nurses. Nothing really. Maybe do some balance exercises, there’s the door. Bye.

  8. That’s exactly how I found your blog, by searching “cerebellum stroke meditation”. And I agree, neurology wards should be sending meditation therapists to stroke patients as well as physiotherapists. The focus appears to be almost exclusively on the physical symptoms/damage and not on the damage to our consciousness. I equate neurologists to highly skilled television repairmen who have no idea or refuse to investigate where the picture and sound come from. In their highly educated estimation it obviously originates from within the tv. Even though they can’t explain how memory is stored, how neural plasticity works (the tv rewires itself) or how to bridge the “physiological gap” between neuro chemistry and experience. Eg. How do we go from seretonin to emotion? On the bright side they are so unable to answer any of these questions they are mostly out of the way when it comes to us solving our own problems. We are free to explore and share our findings free of medical doctrine.

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